May20 , 2022

6 Powerful Herbs and their Uses in Organic Poultry Health

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6 Powerful Herbs and their Uses in Organic Poultry Health

1.Garlic

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This is one of the most important herbs to keep healthy chickens if you intend to venture into Organic Poultry Farming. The interesting thing about garlic (Allium sativum) is that it does not just do one thing; it is a master of many healing acts. Garlic is known for its antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, antiprotozoal, anti-inflammatory properties and more.

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2. Tagiri Plant

If you have ever heard about tagiri (Adenopus breviflorus), people will tell you that it’s an irreplaceable magical bulb. I feel like cheating nature in praise when I call it one of the herbs for healthy chickens. This is because tagiri plant is able to ward off even viral diseases. It practically replaces vaccines and boosts your chickens’ immune system.

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3. Bitter Leaf

If you must raise broilers in an organic way, you cannot have bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina) extract. This is because, among other things, bitter leave extract does great work in preventing and controlling coccidiosis

4. Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) for poultry often goes side by side with garlic to effect the terrific properties of any disease agent. This root plant not only makes its way into the human dishes but has become one of the chickens’ favorites too.

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5. Scent Leaf / Basil

Interestingly, scent leaf or basil (Ocimum gratissimum) controls diarrhea both in humans and chickens. It is one of the herbs you can use for your chickens to ensure their intestinal health. Some people even combine bitter leaves and scent leaves to treat coccidiosis.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis) is a game-changer when it comes to boosting the immunity of your healthy chicken. This plant is also a go-to herb in combating some viral disease of poultry.

Contributed by Opeyemi Afeluyi

 

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